Minkah Fitzpatrick declares for draft

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Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick announced he will forgo his final season to enter the NFL draft. He is expected to be one of the top defensive players off the board.

Fitzpatrick ranks as one of the best defensive players in the school’s history, which is saying something considering that history. The Crimson Tide went 41-3 and won two national titles in his three seasons.

Fitzpatrick became a starter his freshman season.

This season, as a junior, he won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and the Bednarik Award as the game’s top defensive player. Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson are the only other players ever to win both awards.

Fitzpatrick has potential to play safety, nickelback and cornerback. NFL teams covet that versatility, which is why he won’t have long to wait on draft day.

11 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick declares for draft

  1. Ha, Browns had better pick a QB with every pick they have. Unless you plan on building a defense that wins 6-3 games. Now, I hope that doesn’t happen because I want Buffalo to take Allen, but still. Cleveland needs to go all in on offense.

  2. rabidbillsfan says:
    January 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Ha, Browns had better pick a QB with every pick they have. Unless you plan on building a defense that wins 6-3 games. Now, I hope that doesn’t happen because I want Buffalo to take Allen, but still. Cleveland needs to go all in on offense.

    That’s actually not a bad idea haha. Seriously if the Browns draft 10 quarterbacks, at least one of them would be good enough to be a franchise quarterback, right?

  3. Considering the Raiders just signed the Alabama Defensive Backs Coach, there is a good chance they will try to sign this guy, even if they have to move up. Their secondary sucks bad enough to warrant the jump up to get him. Anyway, I hope that is what happens.

  4. When I first glanced at the image accompanying the story, I thought it was about a player blowing a huge mouth horn. Had to look twice to, duh, realize it was a trophy he was kissing.

  5. Fitzpatrick’s versatility fits the Arizona Cardinals defense and what they look for to a T w/ players like Mathieu, Budda Baker, Tyvon Branch, Hasson Reddick and Deone Bucannon already on the payroll & all of which are extremely versatile players who play multiple positions. Fitzpatrick could be developed to start opposite the games best pure cover CB Patrick Peterson, taking over once he shows he can outplay Tramon Williams, which won’t be easy considering Williams ranked as one of the NFL’s top CB’s ranking 9th overall of 110+ ranked CB’s w/ an 88.5 overall grade via PFF.

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